Rep. Maxine Waters blasted the U.S. Supreme Court following a 6-3 opinion overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday and appeared to suggest, to some, that the county simply ignore the ruling.
“You see this turnout here?” she said as she pointed around to protesters who gathered in front of the Supreme Court Building in the nation’s capital. “You ain’t seen nothing yet. Women are going to control their bodies no matter how they try and stop us.
“To hell with the Supreme Court. We will defy them. Women will be in control of their bodies,” she said before going on to drop the race card.
“And if they think black women are intimidated or afraid they’ve got another thought coming. Black women will be out in droves, we will be out by the thousands. We will be out by the millions. We’re going to make sure we fight for the right to control our own bodies,” she said.
Waters’ angry meltdown was certainly not the only one from leftist politicians and figures.
Legal analyst Jessica Schneider got emotional on CNN and seemed to be on the verge of tears as she talked about the decision.
“Listen, it’s a heartbreaking betrayal of half of the country. I’m getting – watching the women there. It’s emotional. It’s a real problem,” she said.
Several people reacted to Waters’ comments online.
“Didn’t they impeach Trump for this?” conservative commentator Greg Price asked.
“Looks like we’ll need to make a committee and open an investigation into this,” Graham Allen added.
“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” former President Barack Obama tweeted.
“Across the country, states have already passed bills restricting choice. If you’re looking for ways to respond, @PPFA, @USOWomen, and many other groups have been sounding the alarm on this issue for years—and will continue to be on the front lines of this fight,” he added.
The Roe ruling was one of four released on Friday. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” a syllabus of the opinion said.
Justice Samuel Alito, as expected, wrote the majority opinion that tossed out Roe. He was joined in that judgment by the five other conservatives on the high court, including Chief Justice John Roberts.
The court’s three liberal justices filed a dissenting opinion to the ruling.
In early May, a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico and it set off a firestorm.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he noted further in the document. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote in the document, labeled the “Opinion of the Court.”